Keep up to date with your knowledge. After a course, summarise key points and share them with colleagues.
Do some teaching.
Develop your skills such as coil fitting or minor surgery. Can your IT, language or organisational skills be put to good use?
Work hard and be efficient.
Good feedback from patients will spread. Make sure notes are clear and concise, showing your thought processes. Seek feedback from ancillary staff. You may be inadvertently making their work harder, and they may be too polite to tell you.
- Team Work
Don't work in isolation. Discuss cases and ask colleagues' opinions.
If people are busy, help out. Be flexible when asked to swap or cover.
Volunteer for tasks such as audit or designing protocols.
Turn up on time and dress appropriately. Be friendly, helpful, approachable and consistent, but don't be afraid to say no. Try not to listen to, or join in with idle gossip. Speak respectfully about your patients, however frustrating a morning you may have had. Pass on your compliments in public - negative comments should be shared privately, and only with the relevant parties.